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They should not enter the village. According to tfae^r custom, the

bride's ' party should - welcome them5 and escort them to their


The people of the bride's village gather at the boundary.

They shout to the new relations, by way of friendly banter, that

they will not permit them to cross the boundary and come In.


Meantime, the bride, led by her parents and kinsmen has

to go to the groom. She has to bring him with his train to her ho-

use. Then both of them take bath in turmeric sprinkled water


They wear new clothes. They are taken to the pandal covered with

palmyrah or cocoanut leaves. They sit on theNaagalipooja (yoke

of the plough).

By the side of the bride are two small girls who are   called

<  Tola Pellikuturlu ** (Bride's maids).   Two boys scccuipany the

bride-groom.   They are known as " Chinna Pelli Kodukulu'' (best

men of the bride groom).   These bride's maids and best men of the

bride groom do the biddings of the " Chettoji 5t  (priest) In perfor-

ming the marriage rites.   The " Cfcettoji ** murmurs incantations-

Probably he just makes lip irc\eir.ents as if he Is repeating vedic

slokas.   At its corchisicn, seme kimren ard frierds give presents

of cash or clothes.   At the weeding the bride-grcem ties the thread

bearing golpdollor (Mangala Sutrsm) round the bride's neck.   This

c tistcm is being followed for the last several decades.   It seems to

have been borrowed from the Hindus.   After marriage, the gold

IT ay be iemo\ed ficm tie thread,   Among Hirduss tew ever,  tte

removal of the golden bit is possible only when the husband dies.

After the wedding,  dinner is served to tbe guests including

those of the bride's village.   Feast is separately arranged for non  

tribais in the morning itself.

The bride-grcom and a few of his close relatives remain in

tbe village for three days.